Tejada Pleads Guilty to Lying to Congress

Shortstop caught it claim he knew no onein baseball who used steroids
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 11, 2009 11:09 AM CST
Houston Astros' Miguel Tejada, left, arrives at Federal Court in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, to answer charges of lying to Congress.    (Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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(Newser) – All-Star shortstop Miguel Tejada pleaded guilty today to lying to Congress about the use of performance-enhancing drugs, a plea that stemmed from denying to House investigators that he knew anyone in baseball who used steroids. Tejada’s 2005 assertions were contradicted by evidence that he had talked to an Oakland teammate about his steroids use and later purchased what he believed was human growth hormone from that player.

The misdemeanor charge of making misrepresentations to Congress can lead to as much as a year in jail, but federal guidelines call for a lighter sentence. Tejada was the American League's MVP in 2002 while playing for the Oakland Athletics, and currently plays for the Houston Astros.